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Breaking Bad Part 6: Navigating the SMB Industry Events Landscape
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By Raymond Vrabel, Director, Technical Account Management, Continuum Managed IT Services Part 6 of a monthly blog series examining tips on how MSPs can work to break “bad” business habits that they might unknowingly fall into as a result of just wanting to get things done. In the previous installment of “Breaking Bad,” I discussed why you shouldn’t miss your mid-year business check-up. In this month’s blog, I offer a how-to guide on navigating the upcoming busy trade show/events season. Our industry is a bevy of event activity throughout the year, however the fall season seems to be the busi...
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HP’s Forward Strategy
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HP is capitalizing on the chaos in the server market right now with its new Smart Choice campaign. It’s aimed at educating and encouraging HP partners to sell into IBM server-side accounts. Why? Earlier this year, IBM stated its intentions to leave the server market. This follows its departure from the PC market in the 2005/6 time frame. It’s part of IBM’s reboot to become a cloud and services company. One man’s loss (IBM) and another man’s gain ((HP).
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ManageEngine Releases WiFi Monitor Plus
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Recently, ManageEngine announced the latest app available for its existing FreeTools program, which currently has 40+ apps available. The WiFi Monitor Plus app is a free, easy-to-use tool that IT Admins can use to monitor and analyze available WiFi networks in their area, all from an Android device.
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IBM Board of Directors Elects Two New Members
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The IBM board of directors elected Alex Gorsky and Peter Voser to the board, beginning September 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015, respectively. After their elections take effect, the board will have 14 members. “We are delighted that Alex and Peter will be joining the IBM board of directors. Both are accomplished international business leaders. Alex and Peter each have deep and successful experience running information-intensive global enterprises and both are well known as pacesetters in innovation. Their expertise and insights will be extremely beneficial to IBM and our shareholders.” Gorsky i...
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TES Global Acquires Blendspace
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"We have come to know the Blendspace founding team well in recent months and have been highly impressed by their relentless dedication to building high-quality tools for teachers," said Louise Rogers, CEO of TES Global. "Blendspace is a very clever, simple and beautifully designed lesson-building tool, which enables teachers to join individual resources together into whole lessons and courses. At TES Global, enhancing the reach and functionality of our resources platform is one of our top priorities and I believe the addition of Blendspace into our portfolio is a strong complement ...
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O365 Will Eliminate Piracy in One Generation!
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According to Ancestory.com: “In general, we think of a generation being about 25 years - from the birth of a parent to the birth of a child.” With that understanding, by the end of this blog, you’ll either concur or dissent that we’re going to see the elimination of software piracy within the next 25-years. I look at Office 365 as a piracy elimination tool as Microsoft’s third greatest move. The first was acquiring the MS-DOS operating system from the north Seattle computer shop on the cheap (see the book “GATES” for details). The second was the creation of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professi...
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Site24x7 Launches Partner Program
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Cloud infrastructure monitoring service Site24x7 introduced its partner program that will enable cloud, platform and service providers to deliver website, server and application performance management. Site24x7 provides low cost, robust application performance monitoring, which is ideal for SMBs and customers looking for comprehensive and customized solutions.
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How Office 365 Saved The OEM and Hardware Vendor Community…
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A common question and concern in the vendor community is the impact of Office 365. On the surface, Office 365 facilitates the notion of doing more with a lot less. That’s not good for OEMs selling servers and other vendors whose business models are predicated on growth. But there bright spots: Pictured: IT Pros looking at Office 365-ready devices at a Windows 8.1 device bar at a recent workshop in Toronto, Onatrio Canada
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SkyKick lands $3M in financing
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Like the Cloud technologies fueling the market, cloud migration is creating major opportunities for IT services companies and their investors. Thus it is unsurprising that SkyKick, a Seattle-based start-up that specializes in Office 365 migrations, has secured $3 million in funding – bringing total investment in the company to $7.2 million. “This round will help us reach thousands more partners around the globe,” said SkyKick co-Founder and co-CEO Todd Schwartz in a statement. The company plans to use the money to double its staff from 40 to 80 people and to seize the global opportunity fo...
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Ricoh App Transforms Printing Possibilities on Ricoh Printers and MFPs with Cloud Printing
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Ricoh Americas Corporation announced the release of the Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print web printing services, which will make its business-class printers and multifunction products compatible with Google Cloud Print. This application allows organizations to print from devices with Internet access without the need for costly print servers and drivers, lowering the cost of business-class document services.
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